Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.
This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)
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"So glad I chose this story."
This old man is so full of life and fun at 100yrs, Great.
Uncomparable for me - it was refreshing.
Brings the charachters to life,I love listening to a good narrator.
At the beginning, getting away, escaped hurrah.... more adventures.
My 11 and 13yrs old grandsons can listen to this. I'm sure they'll enjoy it.
"Better than the film"
Thought the film was wonderful but this book is even better. Have been recommending it to all the book lovers I know: it's quirky, absorbing and made me laugh out loud, frequently.
"Wonderfully written, wonderfully read."
A wonderful story, with a fascinating main character. Incredibly well-read too. It covers two times, the whacky adventure our hero gets on on his 100th birthday, and his past with major historical characters.
Alan is such an amazing character and I absolutely love the adventures he has been on.
Excellent story which is funny and leaves you wanting more.
Highly recommend this great book.
"A Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Cold War Climate"
If I had discovered this was a first and unsuccessful novel written by Douglas Adams under a Swedish pseudonym it wouldn’t have surprised me. Albeit in a different setting it was a not too dissimilar construct that took the reader on an over-fortuitous and earth-bound jaunt through fairly recent history and encounters with the major world leaders of that time. A little too contrived to be remotely believable and not bizarre enough to amuse.
This is my first experience of Peter Kenny’s performances and felt it was very competently narrated. However, although his voice had an ‘easy listening’ quality I found the one adopted for the 100 year old Alan was deeply annoying. Perhaps Peter is too young and needs to wait 50 or 60 years before attempting it again.
Bought the DVD.
i just loved this book it's hilarious and it was performed brilliantly! highly recommend it!
"Entertaining, enthralling and a darn good listen."
A Life Lived
To me its quite unique, although my literay knowledge is quite poor I know if nothing quite like it, how books are written about a centenarian.
Amazing performance by Peter Kenny, so many voices, accents and tones. Undoubtedly one of the best read books I have listened to, never has one narrator given so much character to one book. You can almost be with Allan as he travvels around.
The man who shaped a world!
Amusing, not laugh out loud humour its not intended to be like that but it is funny and quirky. Great characters, a great story a truly wonderful listen. All characters are plausible, likeable and well developed. Some great characters Sonia, Herbert, Amanda to name but a few. One of those books that will just be as enjoyable the second time around.
This was a as good as the hype that surrounded the book.
Allan is such a great character and you could not help but love him, it will make you look twice at old people and what stories they could tell if you asked them!
I see another review has compared it with Forrest Gump which is true, and I can see this being made in to a film, hopefully by some British production company as they will hopefully show the black humour better than any Hollywood production.
"An enjoyable listen"
Yes, I only decided to get this book as recommended by a friend and am pleased I did as I really enjoyed it.
This is the first book Iv read by Peater Kenny but I would defiantly read more from him in the future.
This book is defiantly worth a go, seems far fetched in places but still a great book
"One hell of a story from unexpected characters"
Like a Swedish version of Forest Gump, only way better and with more charm and wit than anything I've read in a long long time. The characters, oh, the characters! The people you'll meet in this story will charm the pants off you! I laughed out loud, for real, time and time again. I longer to return to the book to see what bizarre adventure this old man was going to have 'on the next page'. Must read!
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